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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,758Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 178

$4.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 178

584 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57% Patients 65 Years and Older

48% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
higher than average Average for
this specialty
in Indiana
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

12% of this provider’s 334 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

7% of this provider’s 584 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 9%.

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Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$531 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $306 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.62M

2012

$2.42M

2013

$3.21M

2014

$4.12M

2015

Number of Claims

5,436

2012

6,770

2013

7,251

2014

7,758

2015

This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

The combination of levodopa... +

The combination of levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

355

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

60

patients, 10% of all patients

1 4
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

352

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

63

patients, 11% of all patients

2 2
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

288

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

3 1
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

285

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

4 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

248

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

5 19
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

231

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

6 3
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

230

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

7 13
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

195

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

8 9
COPAXONE

This is used to reduce the ... +

This is used to reduce the frequency of relapses (flare-ups) in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RMMS). Source: National Library of Medicine

179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

9 31
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

10 10
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

11 6
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

162

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

12 15
VIMPAT

Used to control partial sei... +

Used to control partial seizures (convulsions) in the treatment of epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

149

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

13 16
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

14 7
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

15 14
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

Treats different types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

16 36
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE

The combination is used as ... +

The combination is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

17 59
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

O 18 8
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve tension headaches. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

R 19 100
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

20 43
OXCARBAZEPINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

21 22
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

22 11
CARBAMAZEPINE ER

Treats certain types of se... +

Treats certain types of seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

22 55
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

R 24 18
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

25 29
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

26 26
AZILECT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with levodopa for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

27 48
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

Treats symptoms of Parkinson's disease or side effects of other drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

R 28 102
PYRIDOSTIGMINE BROMIDE 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

28 54
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

30 50
PROPRANOLOL HCL

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), and certain types of tremor. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

31 51
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA-ENTACAPONE 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

32 69
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

33 38
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

Nortriptyline is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 34 34
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 O 35 35
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Pramipexole is used alone o... +

Pramipexole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

36 21
TECFIDERA 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 37 45
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

Treats or prevents the flu (influenza type A). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

37 28
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

39 39
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 40 27
AVONEX 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 41 141
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

Prevents your body from rejecting a kidney transplant. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 41 141
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 R 43 96
AMPYRA 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 44 62
ACETAZOLAMIDE

Treats glaucoma, certain ty... +

Treats glaucoma, certain types of epilepsy, mountain sickness, and other conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 45 151
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on May 21, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.